Searching for the Truth in History

Berkeley Connect History students explore the ways documents can be used and abused Berkeley Connect History students have been talking in their small-group meetings about how to use (and how not to use) primary sources. I got a chance to sit in on one of these discussions, being held in preparation for presentations by History professors on their … Continue Reading »

What is History?

Berkeley Connect History students delve into the heart of history  Last week, I joined Berkeley Connect History graduate mentor Adrianne Francisco as she facilitated a small-group discussion of an important question: what is history? To help the students answer this question, Adrianne gave groups of students a word or phrase and asked them to sketch out how to … Continue Reading »

History Career Panel

BC History students learn about different career paths On April 23rd, Berkeley Connect History invited Berkeley alums Lauren Benichou, Jimena Smith, and Leah Flanagan to talk about what they did with their history degrees from Cal. Lauren Benichou graduated from Cal in 2012 with a double major in history and political science and is now … Continue Reading »

Exploring the Bancroft Library

Berkeley Connect History students take a tour of the vast collection of the Bancroft Library The Bancroft Library is a rare resource that most students have never explored–but recently, Berkeley Connect History students got the opportunity to do just that. The Bancroft Library is home to one of the largest collections of rare historical books and … Continue Reading »

“How I Learned to Love History” Panel

History professors explore their love of history & its importance in our lives “When did you stop worrying and learn to love history?” Professor Jonathan Sheehan, Director of Berkeley Connect History asked, beginning an incredibly informative two-hour panel with History professors Mary Elizabeth Berry, James Vernon, and Caitlin Rosenthal. The secret, according to Professor Berry: … Continue Reading »